John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” How does one act when they have been set free? Have you ever been in a situation where someone had to set you free? Have you ever found a little animal entangled and it took you to set them free? Did you wonder will the little thing fly or walk again?

Truth alone will not set anyone free. That is what Jesus said! He said when you know the truth you will be free. So the real truth is you have to know (gain knowledge, understand and have the recognition of truth by personal experience) or truth moves all around you but you are not free.

We may just plain be unwilling to know the truth. But, at times, some say to me, I want to know the truth, I want help, I will make the changes that truth brings but they never accept the truth that’s given back to them. Selah! Maybe because it’s too hard or embarrassing. They think they have the lie well covered. And, there are many that are living in the same lie that helps them keep it covered??? Truth requires changes and we may not want to pay the price it takes to know truth and follow through to make the changes. I really don’t know all their why’s. I just know they don’t accept truth. But, because they don’t accept the truth, they continue enslaved to their problem. We have to know truth for it to help us. To be free, we must know the truth, and truth is Jesus and His way. Not my way, not your way, His way. Straight forward and narrow. The “Truth” is a name Jesus gave to Himself.

There may be times when we are trying to swim in levels of denial, just refusing to hear truth and accept it by knowing it. This may lead us into a house of emotional blindness and to mental barriers that builds a wall of unawareness all around us. This wall chocks out the light and the ability to learn new ways of acting. This becomes a circle of ‘cycle repeats’ and the same lie or lack of knowing and acting on truth repeats itself many times on you and on later generations. Yes, from generation to generation so goes the untruth. Your family pedigree or ethnic will not set you free, but knowing and honoring God’s ways will.

We have Hope above all Hope because Jesus said, “when you are my disciples and abide in me you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

I would imagine if I asked us to open up about Obama’s former pastor and Obama”s speech on race and being free we could all go on attack. But, I did not hear Obama move away from the deep and long lasting conflicts of race in America. He moved toward those conflicts. His gave us an invitation rather than a judgement. Isn’t that what Jesus did in John 8 and in his speeches. Don’t run from truth but run to truth and it will set you free.


16 thoughts on “HOW FREE ARE YOU?”

  1. I suppose TRUTH has been an enigma to a myriad of people down the centuries. In John18, Pilate confronts Jesus as to His identity….Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answers in a most amazing discourse that sends chills down your back. He says, ‘you have said it correctly for I Am a King. This is why I was born and FOR THIS I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH.” And here is a revelatory, divine statement. “Everyone who is of the Truth, who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth, hears and listens to My Voice.”
    But even then Pilate (and generations upon generations of people) still did not “get it” for Pilate replies, “WHAT IS TRUTH?”
    And if we acknowledge that Jesus IS TRUTH, then what is our problem? We are just like Pilate… TRUTH staring us right in the face but we do not recognize it, acknowledge it, receive it or strive to KNOW IT. Because once you KNOW it acting on it one way or the other….that is accept or reject can make or break your spirit. It’s called FEAR OF THE TRUTH.

  2. There is a lot to think about in this blog. As I thought about your question ‘how free are you ‘I kept seeing a picture of a bird representing different levels of freedom. First the bird is caught in a trap and can’t fly at all. Next there is a bird in a small cage with just enough room to expand his wings and hop from perch to perch. Then there is a bird in a large atrium with room to fly in a confined space. And finally there is a bird who is fully free, outside the confines of any man-made structures, soaring into the sky.
    I can see from reading this that just hearing truth or knowing scripture verses won’t set us free. But to the level that we can practice and apply the truth in our everyday lives will be the level we are free.
    The chilling warning of Rev 22:15 rings in my ears as I think on this blog also. “Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
    If we are not ‘knowing’ the truth than it seems we are practicing a lie. I don’t see much middle ground. I think what you said above is true, that His way is ‘straight forward and narrow.’ Not necessarily easy, but in light of the options, worth pursuing with all of our being.

    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Gal. 5:1)

  3. John 4:23 ” time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

    John 4:24 “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

    We all like to worship God in song but are we truly worshipping if we have not truth, ie knowing the truth. And, the Truth is the name of the One we worship. His name, truth, identifying His character and giving us the image to model our lives so when we live and move and have our being we are worshipping in spirit and truth.

    I love stories of our lives with our mistakes and our power to overcome so we can know and love one another. Jesus said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” Luke 10:27

  4. Sara I love the way you worded this”truth moves all around you but you are not free”…..It causes me to think of what the Lord was saying in His word ” you have eyes to see but you do not see…ears to hear but you do not hear….truth all around but you are not free….when Jesus was about to be crucified he was sent before Pilate,and Pilate saith unto him, what is truth?,,,,,,,He didnt even know that truth was standing before him….it seems this goes along with what you Sara have written about Jesus being just who and what He is and that is Truth we just need to see and move in this truth and have our being in it…

  5. The word “Truth struck me as I had read lesson from Max Lucado on “Truth”.
    He stated that ‘the plain fact is we don’t like the truth.”….”the truth shall make you squirm.” Do we flatter our superiors and mask as truth?” Do we exaggerate to win someone’s admiration? Do we over spend to win others respect? Max goes on to say, “The ripple of today’s lie is tomorrow’s wave and next year’s flood. Start today. Be just like Jesus. Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

  6. How free are we? Truth should be our measure how free we are. I had a dream recently which confirmed this to me. In thinking on that dream and searching the word and other Godly people, it came to my mind a vision I had many years ago. I had a vision in which God showed me that the earth was like a big arena with seats all around. In the seats were people, and they had Raggedy Anne mask on. Very few did not have mask on. I now know putting this vision together with my previous dream, what that vision was all about. The mask are the cover ups. What do we cover up? We try to cover up the sin in our lives and make it seem we live this beautiful Raggedy Anne life when really underneath we are falling apart. Our families are falling apart. Our health is going down the drain. We are a mess and all the while we look like things are going great. We sport new clothing, go on fabulous trips, and buy new this and new that in hopes that no one will really see the truth behind the mask of our lives. Lives which are a mess. Cover ups of sin, instead of ripping off the cover and exposing it. Jesus did not call us to cover up sin. He hates sin. We don’t have to wear a Raggedy Anne mask and pretend that all in well. Expose sin, point your finger at it and call it like it is, and seek forgiveness of Jesus. Don’t even try or think that sin is any thing other than sin – don’t put a glaze on it, its sin. Why are we so content with the Raggedy Anne mask. The bride of Christ wears white linen. That should be us. In all truth our linen is so soiled and shamed ladened that we can not hold our head up. Unless we deal with the shame we will never be healed. We will walk in sin and become sicker and sicker behind the mask. We will never be able to reach out to others. The mask will never allow us to be our authentic self that Jesus had created. We will withdraw farther and farther within ourselves and failure comes. No joy! No mental clarity. No reaching out to others! No love of Jesus. Fight for truth – rip that Raggedy Anne mask off and flourish as God’s child. Become your unique self in Jesus! What do you need that mask for? You have been bought with a price, you are chosen by Jesus. Stand up, fight, and rip the cover up of sin off your life. Do it now! As a little boy on a Gaither’s Tape said playing the character of Jesus, “Ready or not, here I come?” Are you ready or are you masked?

  7. Rena, your comments brings a scripture to my mind that I think is so comforting to us and yet even as Christians many times we fall to take this good counsel and advice.Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” We look at repentance, exposure, light as non existence and we begin to look to people.

    I hope that as we pray, love and encourage one another and remember that ‘knowing the truth brings freedom” we will let Light have His perfect way in our lives and the lives of others. I cry out “O Lord forgive us for staying in darkness and helping others to do likewise.”

  8. When you are in fellowship with others who help hold you accountable to the truth it helps in ridding yourself of a masked identity.
    And when others are not walking in truth and you see it (even though they may not) and you help them by being honest, then you walk out of darkness and help them to also.
    1 John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”

  9. I re-read the scripture Sara quoted “John 4:23′ the time is coming and has now come when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth’,,,,,,I noticed the word says ‘in spirit and in truth….it didnt say with spirit and with truth….but it said in….so I tried wording it this way….IN the Spirit and IN the truth….’we have been taught In Ephesian 5 for ye were once darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as chldren of light”……so if we are iIN the Lord we are light… if we are IN the spirit we are true worshippers….and if we are IN the truth we are true worshippers……..and if we are not in the spririt or in the truth we are IN the flesh and IN trouble!…

  10. DJ, I like how you “highlighted” the word “IN”. I’d like to add a scripture here, it’s in 1John 2: 15-17, “Do not love this world no the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
    Hummmm……. sounds like “flesh” and “trouble” doesn’t it, DJ? Lord, help us to seek Truth; by gaining knowledge and understanding, so that truth doesn’t “move all around us” and we are never truly set free.

  11. Yes Rena I agree it is time to rip the masks off and be ready for when He comes because it is better to deal with it here than to wait and watch as all is burned up either at the bema seat or not just watch but be burned up eternally in hells fire……real good blog reponse Rena….its time to rip it off…

  12. Today as I opened my Methodist Hymnal to sing, I spotted this prayer.

    Prayer from Kenya, for the Spirit of Truth
    From the cowardice that dares not face new truth, from the laziness that is contented with half truth, from the arrogance that this it knows all truth, Good Lord, deliver me, Amen

    John 1:1-2 “In the beginning the Word already exsited. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God.”
    John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

    2Cor.3:17 “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
    Ephesians 1:6-7 “So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
    I want to be in that equation!

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